The Midlands Children and Young People’s Mental Health Leadership Network is an invaluable opportunity to meet like-minded people, exchange information and develop professional and social contacts.
It was created to meet the needs of our leadership students, who told us how important their peer networks were when they were studying. They recognised how much we can learn from each other, based on our own unique experiences. There were also subjects they wanted to know more about that were not covered on the course and the network is an opportunity to explore those further.
But the network isn’t just limited to our leadership students. Leaders who were unable to attend the course expressed a wish to meet and talk with other leaders in children and young people’s mental health.
Why join a leadership network?
Fresh ideas and continuous personal and professional development
Most of us try to stay up-to-date with developments in our field of work, either by continuing our education or reading journals, but how much time do we devote to considering our own and other’s leadership?
There’s a wealth of knowledge out there that you can gain access to by simply talking to other leaders who know your world. Being on the receiving end of new ideas enables you to introduce new practices in your workplace but, more importantly, it helps you to remain on top of trends and developments in children and young people’s mental health services, and leadership. This helps you to lead your service area knowing that you’re up to date.
An opportunity to help others
One of the most important benefits of networking is that you get to help other people. In helping others, in turn, other people will help you.
Expand your personal support
A support network can be helpful you at every stage of your career. For example, let’s say that you are interviewing for a particular job or organisation, there may be someone who has worked there already, which means they can give you advice and tips on what to expect.
Improve your self-esteem
Improving your self-esteem may not be what you think about when joining a network, but it might just do that, as well as increasing your own resilience. Knowing people, being asked for your opinions and ideas, or introducing people, can be exciting, and it may be exactly what you need.
Explore subjects that real leaders of CYPMH services have asked for
We asked leaders what subjects were important to them, and we will keep asking:
These will inform our next few networks.
Events in 2021
Below, you’ll find the events we’ve scheduled for the coming year.
All events will run from 10:00am to 1:30pm and will be online via Zoom. Each topic will be followed by a discussion of what it might mean for you and your leadership practice.
To reserve a place, please click on the EventBrite links below:
Neurocapability and Leadership:
A Journey Into Neuroscience
– Dr Fiona Warner Gale –
Director: Associate Development Solutions
Course Director: Transformational Leadership at the University of Northampton
Coaching Skills for Leaders
– Dave Palfreyman –
Coach and Coaching Supervisor
– Wendy Wood –
International Speaker on Compassion-Based Approaches
Below is a selection of presentations from recent Leadership Network events: